About August 17

August 17, 2024 is the 230th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 136 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 165 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 17

  • 1863
    American Civil War: In Charleston, South Carolina, Union batteries and ships bombard Confederate-held Fort Sumter.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville – Confederate forces defeat Union troops near Gainesville, Florida.
  • 1883
    The first public performance of the Dominican Republic’s national anthem, Himno Nacional.
  • 1915
    A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with winds at 135 mph.
  • 1915
    Jewish American Leo Frank is lynched for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia, United States.
  • 1943
    World War II: First Québec Conference of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King begins.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Royal Air Force begins Operation Hydra, the first air raid of the Operation Crossbow strategic bombing campaign against Germany’s V-weapon programme.
  • 1943
    World War II: The U.S. Eighth Air Force suffers the loss of 60 bombers on the Schweinfurt–Regensburg mission.
  • 1953
    Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
  • 1959
    Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released.
  • 1960
    Decolonization: Gabon gains independence from France.
  • 1978
    Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
  • 1979
    Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156.
  • 1980
    Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
  • 1988
    Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel are killed in a plane crash.
  • 1998
    Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about the relationship.
  • 1999
    A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes İzmit, Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
  • 2004
    The National Assembly of Serbia unanimously adopts new state symbols for Serbia: Boze Pravde becomes the new anthem and the coat of arms is adopted for the whole country.
  • 2005
    The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts.
  • 2008
    American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.

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